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Ph.D. Programme in Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry at Ashoka University offers full-time graduate program leading to Ph.D. degree in Chemical Sciences. Prospective students are encouraged to be integrated into the world class research and liberal learning culture of the Ashoka University by joining a research group, supervised by one of our academic staff, in one of the following broad areas of Chemical Sciences
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Nanoscience and Photocatalysis
  • Sustainable and Green Chemistry
  • Physical and Material Chemistry
  • Separation Science and Technology
  • Small Molecule Activation
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
  • Synthetic Biology (Biology & Chemistry Interface)
  • Chemical Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
For further details on the research profile of individual faculty members, please see here 

The monthly stipend paid to all Ph.D. students selected as TAs funded by Ashoka University will be Rs. 35,000/- per month. The Ph.D. Scholars are eligible for Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) upon completing their candidacy. The monthly stipend for an SRF is Rs 40,000/- per month. A contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- per annum will be made available to each Ph.D. student.


Students funded externally through fellowships from UGC/CSIR/DST-INSPIRE, University waives the semester fees for those students (Rs. 12500/-).


Ashoka University offers financial assistance to all Ph.D. scholars for presenting their research ideas/findings in reputed international conferences. This facility can be availed once by each Ph.D. student during their studentship. Maximum amount of aid is Rs. 2,00,000/-. 



Prospective students from any basic/natural or applied sciences discipline including Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and/or Chemical Engineering with an 


MSc./ MPhil./ MTech./ MEngg./ BTech degree with minimum of 55 percentage or equivalent grade are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program at Ashoka University.


Application Process

Only complete applications submitted via the online Ph.D. application portal before the deadline is considered. Applicants are expected to provide the following documents as part of their application 

  • A short write-up (maximum two pages) of research interests, research training, motivation to carry out Ph.D. program in Chemical Sciences at Ashoka University.

  • Latest CV, which contains educational qualification, experiences (if any), skills and contact details of at least two referees.

  • Minimum one letter of recommendation from the referees are to be emailed directly to in .pdf or .doc format. Files should be named in as - ‘Recommendation_<candidate’s name>’.


Application Closing Dates

Application PortalAshoka University Ph.D. Admissions

Applications for the August-intake have been closed. Please check back later

Selection Procedure

The selection to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Chemistry is primarily based on 

  1. Qualification in the listed national level examinations such as CSIR-UGC-NET/ GATE/ DST-INSPIRE Fellows (Preferable). 

  2. Performance in the written test (not applicable for those qualified NET/ GATE/ DST-INSPIRE etc.) and/or personal interview. 

The selection process has two stages

Stage-1: Completed applications are reviewed by the faculty panel and short-listed for the written test and/or personal interview.

Stage-2: Interview will be scheduled in June (tentative dates for the interview will be updated soon).


Once the evaluation is completed, the Coordinator (Chemical Sciences Graduate Program) will forward the list of candidates selected in order of merit (and those waitlisted, if any) to the Ph.D. program to the Dean (Research) for final approval.

  • The final approved list will be displayed on the university website, and the letters of admission (and assistantships, if applicable) will be dispatched by the Office of the Dean (Research), with copy to the coordinator (Chemical Sciences Ph.D. Program).

  • The entire admissions process (including dispatch of letters of admission) is to be completed by July. The academic session for Ph.D. students will begin from 1st August 2021.

  • All correspondence related to Ph.D. admissions will be routed only through the following email address:

Selected Candidates

Application Number Name
O56-2021-10118 Gargee Roy
O56-2021-10172 Pankaj Kumar
O56-2021-10048 Amarshi Patra
O56-2021-10021 Deep Chaudhury
O56-2021-10085 Mainak Mukherjee
O56-2021-10036 Saumya Singh
Important Note
  1. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  2. Satisfying the eligibility criteria does not automatically guarantee selection to the interview.

  3. Candidates with a 3-Yr bachelor’s degree are NOT eligible for the Ph.D. program.

  4. Individuals who hold a 4-yr bachelor degree such as BS or BSc(Hons.) in sciences, and wish to be considered for the Ph.D. program, are requested to write to the program coordinator at to determine their eligibility.


Supporting materials such as letters of recommendation and statement of research interests may be sent to


PhD Students
Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there any teaching opportunities for Ph.D. students at Ashoka University?

Yes. All candidates pursuing a Ph.D. in Ashoka University can participate in teaching as a TA by taking various undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses.


2. Who are the participating faculty members in the Chemistry Department?


Dr. Munmun Ghosh

Bioinorganic Chemistry


Sustainable and Green Chemistry

Small Molecule Activation



Dr. Aryya Ghosh & Prof. Sourav Pal

Theoretical and Computational Chemistry



Dr. Basudeb Maji

CRISPR chemistry

Chemical Biology

Bio-organic and medicinal chemistry

Anticancer drug development

Antibiotic against superbugs

Synthetic Biology (Biology & Chemistry Interface)



Dr. Deepak Asthana

Molecular Materials

Material Chemistry

Supramolecular Systems



3. I have applied for a Ph.D. in the Chemistry Department in Ashoka University, but I have not qualified any national examination. Am I eligible?

Qualifying national examination is most preferrable for applying Ph.D. in Chemistry in Ashoka University. However, you can always apply, and Ashoka University will provide the full funding (equivalent to national fellowship) for Ph.D. students for 5 years 


4. Can I do a part-time Ph.D. in Chemistry in Ashoka University?

Pursuing a part-time Ph.D. is still under discussion in Ashoka University. We will notify you when it is approved by the Dean of the Research 


5. What are the instrumental facilities in Ashoka University Chemistry department?

We have modern lab with fume hood facility and Schlenk line connection for performing inert condition reaction and common organic synthesis. UV-vis instrument, pH meter, Karl-Fischer, melting point apparatus are available right now in the lab for common analytical measurement. Variable temperature UV-vis, Potentiostat, FTIR, NMR, XRD are on the list to set up by next year. We have active collaboration with Delhi University, IIT Delhi, Siv-Nadar University, Amity University and Punjab University. 


6. What are the indoor-outdoor facilities for Ashoka Ph.D. students?

Ashoka University has great facility for students for any kind of indoor & outdoor activities e.g. basketball and volleyball court, playground, swimming pool, tennis court, badminton court, squash, table tennis, billiards, gym, dance studio, 10m shooting range etc.  Please visit the Ashoka University website www. life


7. How is the accommodation provided in Ashoka University?
Students will be provided either single room or shared room depending on their choice inside the campus residence hall. All the rooms are furnished and air conditioned with wi-fi connection and shared kitchen. Please visit www. life